aka Gordon "Dick " Goodwin
Composer & Jazz Guy
"I used to wear two hats, 'Gordon Goodwin' for my classical work and 'Dick Goodwin' for the after-hours jazz character."
Over the years—under one hat or the other—Gordon Goodwin has written hundreds of works, from jingle to opera, jazz band to symphony orchestra.
Dick Goodwin is a composer, arranger, performer, and studio producer. He leads the Dick Goodwin Quintet and Dick Goodwin Big Band, and is a Yamaha Artist.
The State Newspaper declared "If a touring act or local performance needs musicians — strings, brass, rhythm, anything — there’s only one person to call: Dick Goodwin."
Gordon (Dick) Goodwin is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of South Carolina where he still teaches a handful of doctoral students. He was a recipient of USC's prestigious Educational Foundation Award, is the 2001 Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Individual Artist winner (the highest honor awarded in the arts by the State of South Carolina.) And he has received a number of writer awards from ASCAP (American Society of Composers and Publishers.)
“He’s kind of the goto person if an arrangement doesn’t exist for the orchestra,” says Rhonda Hunsinger, the South Carolina Philharmonic’s executive director.
"I grew up in Cape Girardeau, Missouri and El Paso, Texas and decided at a very early age that music would be my life's work. I loved teaching and I had a successful run of it. But I now have the time (and still have the energy) to concentrate full-time on my first love — composing, arranging, producing, and performing.
Prior to coming to the University of South Carolina he taught composition and theory and ran the jazz program (which he initiated) at the University of Texas. Before that he spent four long years as a band director in the US Coast Guard.
Dick -- sometimes known as Gordon (Dick) Goodwin – continues to write choral and symphonic music and to do arrangements for the SC Philharmonic, Billings (Montana) and Battle Creek Symphony Orchestras. He is in the process of updating James Warren’s “Prologue to Freedom” for soloists, choir, and military band … to be performed this fall in Utah and SC.
Winifred Goodwin continues to perform as principal keyboardist with the SC Philharmonic and as staff pianist at USC where she has done a string of recitals including performances with a number of visiting guest artists. She and faculty flutist Jennifer Parker-Harley have just released an album of lullabies (and other selections) that includes pieces by Dick and Jennifer’s dad, Charlie Parker. Winifred has also been featured in concert with the Big Band.
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Updated: December 29, 2015
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Upcoming Public Gigs
So what are you doing New Year’s Eve?
January 10 from 2:30 to 5:00 will be the next event in the Carolina Jazz Society concert season. Programs are usually the first Sunday of each month September through May. ‘tis a traditional jazz series at the Lourie Center in Columbia. The house band with Jim Hall (drums), Reggie Sullivan (bass), Aletha Jacobs (piano), Bruce Clark (trombone), Doug Graham (clarinet) and Dick on trumpet is often joined by Charles Willbanks on banjo.
March 4 & 5 the DG Quintet will perform with the Lexington Choral Society at Saxe-Gotha Presbyterian Church in Lexington. Dick will be contributing some arrangements for the programs.
May 7 the DG Big Band plays for Social Inc.’s spring formal at the James Brown Arena in Augusta, GA.
May 20 & 22 the DG Big Band joins the Columbia Choral Society or the premier performance of a new work by Dick. The text is by the talented Camden writer Paddy Bell. (The 20th is at the Columbia Museum or Art at 7:30. The 22nd is at the Rine Arts Center of Kershaw County in Camden at 3:00 pm.)
May 30th thru June 2nd Dick returns to the faculty of the annual Songwriters School at the Kerrville Folk Festival (TX)
This year Dick is coordinating (and doing quite a bit of arranging) for a monthly concert series (“Healing Harmonies”) at various locations in Palmetto Richland Hospital. The series features various members from the SC Philharmonic.
Winifred Goodwin continues to perform as principle keyboardist with the SC Phil. and as staff pianist at USC where she continues to do a string of recitals including performances with visiting guest artists from the Philadelphia and the Met Opera Orchestras, etc. She and faculty flutist Jennifer Parker-Harley have just completed an album of lullabies (and other selections) that includes pieces by Dick and Jennifer’s dad, Charlie Parker.
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